Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arising from or characterized by prudence.
  • adj. Exercising prudence, good judgment, or common sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or arising from the use of prudence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Proceeding from, or dictated or characterized by, prudence; prudent; discreet; sometimes, selfish or pecuniary as distinguished from higher motives or influences.
  • adj. Exercising prudence; discretionary; advisory; superintending or executive.
  • n. That which relates to or demands the exercise of, discretion or prudence; -- usually in the pl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Involving prudence; characterized or prescribed by prudence: as, prudential motives; prudential considerations.
  • Exercising prudence; hence, advisory; discretionary: as, a prudential committee (a committee having discretionary charge of various affairs of a society).
  • Instructed; scientific.
  • n. That which demands the exercise of prudence; a matter for prudence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. arising from or characterized by prudence especially in business matters

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Examples

  • While we need to maintain prudential walls around our institutions, those walls can't be higher than those which we see in our major trading partners.

    A New Mandate for OSFI

  • Rex thought the vagueness of the phrase prudential; "the colonies" necessarily embracing more advantages, and being less capable of being rebutted on a single ground than any particular settlement.

    Daniel Deronda

  • Certain prudential regulations however are required to meet those cases where uniformity is necessary, and where, from the nature of the subject, common usage cannot supply the place of positive precepts.

    The Statues of Emory College and the Bylaws: Statutes 4-5

  • On compensation, Bernanke said management policies should be aligned with the "long-term prudential interests of the institution ... (and) provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior."

    Market News

  • Management compensation policies should be aligned with the long-term prudential interests of the institution, be tied to the risks being borne by the organization, provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior, and avoid short-term payments for transactions with long-term horizons. 3

    Wall Street Folly

  • "Management compensation policies should be aligned with the long-term prudential interests of the institution."

    DealBook

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  • They fall into the larger section of the second division, of what we may call prudential crimes.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • Management compensation policies should be aligned with the long-term prudential interests of the institution, should provide appropriate incentives for safe and sound behavior, and should structure compensation to prevent short-term payments for transactions with long-term horizons. "

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  • Slavery has two phases; the moral, which involves the RIGHT, and the prudential, which is the expedient.

    The Right of American Slavery

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  • Interesting to find one's blind spots. Until I heard David Brooks use this word in reference to Barak Obama's policy decisions out of the starting blocks, I saw/heard it only as the name of an insurance company--which used the rock of Gibraltar as its logo! :o)

    January 25, 2009